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Prom for underprivileged ‘heartwarming success’

Manatee Education Foundation official Tricia McKay May wants to give a shout out to the folks who helped put on the Prince Charming and Cinderella Project to help underprivileged children attend prom.

Teaming up with the Suncoast for Kids Foundation of the Suncoast Federal Credit Union, the foundation began soliciting local dress shops, service organizations and school district employees.

“Not to mention cleaning out my own closet as well as my sisters’!” joked Tricia, the coordinator of development. “We had an overwhelming response of goodwill.”

M. Kesten Apparel for Men provided tuxedos.

Dresses, shoes, purses and jewelry poured in from the Junior League of Manatee County, Mam’Selles Girls Service Club, Girls Rule Giving Circle of the Women’s Resource Center, Elaine’s Bridal Boutique, the Rusty Crickett, the Ladies of the Crewe of the Hernando Desoto Historical Society, as well as individual members of the community.

The Bradenton Beauty and Barber Academy and MTI’s cosmetology department did hair and makeup.

“We sent 85 children to prom who may not have been able to attend otherwise,” Tricia said. “It was a heartwarming success.”

n Mary Richardson is 90 years young.

Cheers from her son Paul, daughter-in-law Beth, her grandson Todd and wife Mandy, great-grandsons Grant and Cooper, her grandson Paul and wife Jennifer and great-grandson Kane.

n Bradenton Prep’s Steven Jeanes took third in engineering and Sarah Tedesco took fourth in environmental management science at the Intel International Science Fair in Reno, Nev.

Steven’s project was a solar-powered sail he hopes to present to NASA one day.

Sarah’s project involved a net of human hair as an effective method of absorption by natural substances to clean up an oil spill on water. It also won the American Veterinary Society Award.

Kristen Cunningham was their physical science teacher.

n St. Joseph Catholic School fifth-grader Emma Bright won a German national essay contest, sponsored by the German Information Center USA.

Her subject, “What it Would Be Like to Have a Wall Around My Town,” was about the Berlin Wall, and earned her a $50 bookstore certificate.

The essay was judged by the German Information Center and the German Embassy.

Her language arts teacher is Arthur Balitz and Mara Curran is her social studies teacher.

Bright’s winning essay will appear on: www.

n Well done to Tom Rose, Blaise Pierson and Rick Peterson, Bradenton Yacht Club members who raced in the 41st Regata del Sol al Sol sailboat race from St. Petersburg Yacht Club to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, in April.

Rose was the overall winner of the 456-mile open ocean race. He and his crew covered the distance in about 39-1/2 hours aboard his 53-foot ketch, Seraphim.

Pierson and crew took first in the non-spinnaker class aboard his 37-foot sloop, Midnight Sun.

Peterson and crew took second in Cruising 1 Class aboard his 49-foot sloop, Believe. He also won the Christopher Nelson perpetual trophy for best finish by a new contestant.

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